How To Apply

Application Guide

Standard applicants

CAO Application System

Detailed information on how to apply to the first year of IT Sligo’s full-time programmes through the CAO system is available from the CAO office.

You can get a CAO application pack from your guidance counsellor at school or from the CAO. You can also apply online at or by writing to:

Central Applications Office (CAO)
Tower House
Eglinton Street
T: 091 509 800

The closing date for applications from IRISH CITIZENS AND EUROPEAN UNION CITIZENS IS 1st February.

Late Applicants

The closing date for late applications in the CAO system is 1st May.   The Institute of Technology, Sligo, accepts late applicants.  Please note the late application conditions for non-traditional applicants below.

Mature Applicants

Apply to the Central Applications Office before 1st May at or at Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway.

Applicants applying on a mature years basis must be over 23 on 1st January of the year of application.  Mature applicants are assessed for admission by interview.  Mature applicants will also be considered as standard applicants, if they have Leaving Certificate and/or FETAC qualifications.  Please see our Mature Students Brochure below.

Sligo Mature Students

Mature Student Summer School – “A good start is half the work”

In order to allay some of the fears and anxieties experienced by many mature students, mature applicants who have been away from formal education for long periods are offered an opportunity to participate in the Mature Student Summer School.  This free two week Summer School is offered as a support to the applicant rather than as a condition of offer and runs for the two weeks immediately prior to the beginning of semester one.  Students receive tuition in Mathematics, Communications Skills and Computer Applications and attend workshops relating to the transition to full-time third level studies.

A free two day summer school is also being offered to mature students who have completed the Leaving Certificate or a FETAC Level 5 or equivalent. These students may already be familiar with full-time education, but this programme will offer them workshops in the areas of study skills, exam techniques, communication skills, financial management and other topics relevant for making this transition.

For further information contact:

Catherine Mc Nelis, Access Officer

Phone: +353 (0) 71 9305381 or


FETAC Graduates

Applicants who have spent at least one year on a recognised PLC course validated by FETAC can be considered for entry. Applications should be made through the CAO. Applicants who have completed a full FETAC award since 2002 or are in the process of completing a full FETAC award in 2012/13 should follow the FETAC instructions on page two of the CAO application form and enter their PPS number in the relevant box. As indicated previously, applicants who have achieved their full award over more than one academic year must apply to FETAC for a full award.

Applicants who completed a full FETAC award before 2002 should tick the NCVA level 2/3 box on page three of the CAO application form and complete further details on page four since these courses cannot be automatically rated by the CAO.

In addition, applicants must forward a copy of these results to the Academic Administration Office before the end of June.

FETAC applicants must compete for course places with other FETAC applicants and Leaving Certificate applicants alike. FETAC quotas and a requirement for an award to be achieved in a single sitting may apply for certain courses.

The CAO will assess your results automatically and make course offers to you if you attain sufficient points for your chosen programme.

The same general entry requirements apply to FETAC students as Leaving Cert students. That means you must get sufficient points and meet the Mathematics requirements of the course you are interested in. Please note that for FETAC applicants, the Mathematics requirement can be met by obtaining a pass in the FETAC level 5 or 6 Maths module or by getting a B2 or higher in Foundation Maths. For Engineering courses, please check with the Admissions Office for any special requirements.

Britain and Northern Ireland Applicants

For entry to IT Sligo degree programmes minimum entry requirements and a points system apply.   Applicants must hold GCSE Maths and English at grade C or higher.  The points required for entry to a course are determined by the level of demand on course places.   As a guide, entry to Level 7 will require at least 200 points and entry to Level 8 will require at least 300 points.   Please note that AS subjects are only considered if the subject is not continued to A2.  Applied A Levels (AVCE) are treated in the same was as A Levels.

Points scoring system:

The scoring system for A Levels is as follows:

A Level

CAO Points


AS Level

CAO Points  























 Alternative qualifications for entry to Bachelor Degree Programmes:

IT Sligo accepts BTEC National Award Level 3 and Access Diplomas as alternative qualifications for admission to first year Bachelor Degree (Level 7) programmes.

Find out more about UK applicants here.

Applicants with Disabilities

Apply to the Central Applications Office in the usual way at or at Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway.  IT Sligo is part of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE), this is a third level admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points to applicants with disabilities.  Please see our Students with Disabilities’ Brochure below or for further information

Students with Disabilities Brochure

For further information contact:-

Breaking the Mould Access Programme

The Breaking the Mould Access Programme is designed for students who have the academic ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but who are under-represented at third level due to a variety of social and economic reasons, including long-term unemployment, low family income or little or no tradition of progression onto higher education.

The opportunity to participate in the Breaking the Mould Access Programme is available to students aged 22 and under, attending a post primary school or educational centre within the BMW region, which encompasses counties  Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath.




Direct Applications/Add-On and Transfer Applications

The Institute’s Higher Certificate and Ordinary Degree qualifications are designed to be terminal qualifications and to prepare people for employment. However, a significant number of students use these qualifications to transfer to Ordinary Degree or Honours Degree Courses in the Institute of Technology, Sligo and other Institutes of Technology and Universities. Students should be aware that the decision to admit transfers is totally at the discretion of the receiving institution. The V.E.C. Scholarship and Local Authority Higher Education Grant regulations facilitate such transfers within the State. See our Application Guide for further details.

At IT Sligo we offer our undergraduate students a broad choice of programmes across Higher Certificate, Bachelor Degree, and Honours Bachelor Degree Levels.

If you wish, after you graduate you can also study at Master’s and Doctoral level at IT Sligo, depending on your subject area and qualifications.

All of our programmes fit within the National Framework of Qualifications – the official system of qualifications in Ireland.

The Framework describes and links awards and provides clarity to employers, learners and the public on the system of education and training in Ireland. The Framework of qualifications consists of 10 levels and its transparent nature allows you to compare and contrast qualifications, here in Ireland and Internationally. It also assists employers in recognising and understanding the level and standard of qualifications.

The ‘Ladder System’ enables you to progress from one qualification to the next, right up to PhD level depending on your academic achievements.

IT Sligo offers programmes that include each of the levels on the ladder below.

How Does Progression Work?
Whatever level you enter a programme, you can choose to graduate at that level or you can progress to the next level, providing of course you get the required grades.

To illustrate what this means, if you enter at Higher Certificate Level 6 you can choose to either graduate with a Higher Certificate or, you can progress on to Level 7 and beyond. Every student in IT Sligo can progress to at least level 8 (Hons) degree.

Add-on Information Sheet 2016 17

Transfer Applications

Applicants who wish to apply to transfer into any of the following courses should apply directly to the Admissions office by down loading the application form attached below.


Transfer Application Form 1617

Social Studies Applicants

Applicants wishing to transfer into year 2 or 3 of the BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Caremust  download the below transfer Application Form. This also includes a Placement Reference Form.  This  Reference Form must be completed by the college tutor who supervised your placement.  Applications will notbe considered without the Placement reference.

HETAC have drafted standards for Social Care students, see

One of the stipulations is that a total of 800 hours of appropriately supervised social care placement must be successfully passed before a student can graduate. As our students complete 400 hours in each of years 2 and 3, this means that any student who hopes to transfer into year 3 must have already completed at least 400 hours placement in a social care context or otherwise it will not be possible to achieve minimum standards for HETAC.

Social Studies Transfer Application Form 1617

Postgraduate Progression
If you complete an Honours Bachelor Degree at Level 8 you can go on to study at postgraduate study.  More information on our postgraduate programmes at Master’s and Doctoral level are available in our prospectus.

International (Non-EU) Citizens

International applicants (including Erasmus and Socrates should apply directly to the Institute’s International Office (not to the CAO): Ms Eileen Gillen Tel: +353 71 91 37347, Fax: +353 71 91 44500,

Original documentation with translation, where required, should be submitted to the Institute to indicate the level of achievement in academic examinations which are regarded as equivalent to Ireland’s Leaving Certificate. Oral and written proficiency in the English language is essential. Tuition Fees for International (Non-EU) Citizens are €11,500 per annum for Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degree and Honours Degree programmes. This includes the Institute’s registration/exam fee. The annual increase of these fees will be in line with the Department of Education and Science increase in tuition fees for the previous year. A quota of 5% of first year places is allocated to International (Non-EU) students.

For more information, visit our International Section here.

Garda Vetting

A number of programmes in the Institute of Technology, Sligo, especially in the areas of social work and education, require students to undertake placements that will bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust. To ensure the protection of the public, and justify public trust and confidence, the Institute is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these programmes. The Institute of Technology, Sligo, will use the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) vetting service to assess the suitability of such applicants, and in some cases, may also require applicants to provide an enhanced disclosure by the completion of an affidavit.

Students with Criminal Convictions
A student with a criminal conviction should note that his/her conviction could affect his/her ability to secure placement on relevant courses. A student with a criminal conviction should note that his/her conviction affects his/her ability to secure placement on this course and as a result he/she is strongly advised not to apply for this course as the Institute accepts no responsibility if he/she is unable to complete his/her studies.

2015/16 Prospectus